Netflix Brings Offline Downloads for Mobile Devices
For years, fans of the most popular video streaming service, Netflix, have been clamoring for offline playback support.
We’ve seen this feature included with competitor services such as Amazon Prime Video for well over a year now. Even other competitors like Starz and now YouTube Red offer the ability to download video content onto a mobile device so users can play their favorite media back at a later time when they are without Internet access. Netflix resisted this trend initially, but eventually caved and recognized that users in many parts of the world simply do not have access to the Internet everywhere they go. Thus, the company launched an offline playback feature – but only for select markets. Yesterday though, Netflix officially launched its offline viewing feature worldwide for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.
For iOS users, you must be running version 8.0 or higher whereas Android users will need to be on Android 4.4.2 KitKat or higher. As long as you’re on a compatible version of Android or iOS and have updated to the latest version of the Netflix application, you can download select TV shows and movies for offline playback. You’ll simply need to look for the download button located on the details page of a TV show or movie.
At this time, unfortunately, not every title on the service supports offline playback. Although more movies and TV shows are promised to support offline playback in the future, right now we’re told you can download many of the most popular shows such as Orange Is the New Black, Narcos, House of Cards, Stranger Things, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None, and The Crown right now. Next Wednesday, other titles like Breaking Bad, Supernatural, The Office, The Flash, Minions, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Home will be made available, with more to presumably follow.Source: Netflix Media Center